12 days in Cuba Itinerary

12 days in Cuba Itinerary

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12 days in Cuba Itinerary

Start: Milan
Fly:  9 h 30 min
1
Havana
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
Varadero
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h
3
Trinidad
— 2 nights
+3
Bus + Train + Taxi + Fly:  21 h 30 min
End: Milan

5
nights
Havana

Havana ©
Cuba's capital and major commercial center, Havana manages to be very old and very modern at the same time.
Havana is known for historic sites, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Malecón of Havana, steep yourself in history at Revolution Plaza, take an in-depth tour of Museum of the Revolution (Museo de la Revolucion), and get to know the fascinating history of Old Havana.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Havana trip planner.

Milan, Italy to Havana is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Milan to Havana, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Milan in May: high temperatures in Havana hover around 36°C and lows are around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can drive to Varadero.

Things to do in Havana

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Plaza de la Catedral ©
Plaza de la Catedral
Malecón of Havana ©
Malecón of Havana
Old Havana ©
Old Havana

3
nights
Varadero

Varadero ©
One of the largest resort towns in the Caribbean, Varadero boasts a 20 km (12 mi) long stretch of sand, lined with hotels and all-inclusive resorts.
Varadero is known for beaches, nature, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Varadero Beach, stroll around Josone Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Coral Beach - Playa Coral, and Head underground at Cueva de Saturno.

To find where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Varadero visit planner.

Traveling by car from Havana to Varadero takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of train and taxi. In May, daily temperatures in Varadero can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Trinidad.

Things to do in Varadero

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Cayos Blancos
Highlights from your plan
Varadero Beach ©
Varadero Beach
Cueva de Saturno ©
Cueva de Saturno
Josone Park ©
Josone Park

2
nights
Trinidad

Trinidad ©
Built on sugar and seemingly preserved in molasses, the town of Trinidad attracts visitors with its well-aged 19th century architecture and rustic charm, showcasing the sounds, scents, and sights of days gone by.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): kick back and relax at Ancon Beach, see the interesting displays at Romance Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Parroquial Mayor del Espiritu Santo, then make a trip to Plaza Mayor, and finally examine the collection at Colonial Architecture Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Valle de los Ingenios, take in the dramatic scenery at El Nicho Waterfalls, and then examine the collection at Museo de Historia Municipal.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Trinidad online vacation planner .

You can drive from Varadero to Trinidad in 4 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In May in Trinidad, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Trinidad

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

El Nicho Waterfalls, Iglesia Parroquial Mayor del Espiritu Santo
Highlights from your plan
Ancon Beach ©
Ancon Beach
Plaza Mayor ©
Plaza Mayor
Valle de los Ingenios ©
Valle de los Ingenios

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